Air Force Museum Foundation Receives CenterPoint Energy Foundation Gift
$150,000 grant will fund special exhibit
Dayton, Ohio – Sept. 16, 2022 — The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., recently received a gift of $150,000 from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to fund a special exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force™ (the Museum). The Air Force Museum Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness in support of the Museum.
Lt Gen C.D. Moore II, USAF (Ret), Chair of the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Trustees, accepted the gift. “I am pleased to receive this generous gift from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation on behalf of the Air Force Museum Foundation. This gift will enable the Air Force Museum Foundation to support the hosting of the Above and Beyond special exhibit about innovation in flight at the Museum. We hope this exhibit will work in conjunction with the Museum’s impressive collection of aviation artifacts to inspire young visitors toward careers in aerospace.”
The CenterPoint Energy Foundation’s gift will in part make possible the Museum hosting Above and Beyond, presented by Boeing, an interactive exhibit combining a historical timeline of innovations with immersive presentations and interactive simulation and design activities to celebrate innovations in flight in air and space. Visitors will be able to experience Above and Beyond at the Museum free of charge from September 17 – December 31, 2022.
“Supporting STEM opportunities for K-12 students is a top priority of CenterPoint Energy and our Foundation,” said Ashley Babcock, Vice President, Indiana and Ohio Gas. “We are excited to provide the funding opportunity for free admission to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s special exhibit Above and Beyond and are proud to continue supporting the museum’s educational initiatives.”
Mr. David Tillotson, Director of the Museum, emphasized the importance of CenterPoint’s support. “The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is broadening the appeal of the museum to people who have never thought to visit through a program of special exhibits. These exhibits cover broad (but not necessarily Air Force) topics and provide a unique hands-on experience for our visitors. We welcome the Air Force Museum Foundation’s partnership with the CenterPoint Energy Foundation, which in part allows the museum to host free interactive aviation experiences including the Above and Beyond exhibit presented by Boeing.”
Chris Adkins-Lamb, Chief Development Officer of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., said “The Air Force Museum Foundation is delighted to partner with the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to support this special Above and Beyond exhibit at the Museum. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation’s grant support fully funded the Air Force Museum Foundation’s financial need to bring this wonderful exhibit to the Museum. We hope CenterPoint Energy Foundation’s investment in the Museum will engage and inspire school-aged children with STEM education content focused on aerospace topics.”
About the Air Force Museum Foundation
The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., raises funds and awareness in support of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force™. The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. is a Section 501 (c)(3) private, nonprofit organization. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no government status. The use of the Roundel image in the Foundation's logo is with the permission of the United States Air Force; endorsement by the Department of Defense or the United States Air Force in fundraising activities of the Foundation is not intended nor implied pursuant to DoDI 5535.12. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit afmuseum.com.
About the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.